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“Good Option in San Juan/Condado Area for Girls/Guys Weekends” 4 of 5 stars
Review of La Concha Renaissance San Juan Resort

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La Concha Renaissance San Juan Resort
Ranked #4 of 46 Hotels in San Juan
Certificate of Excellence
New York City, New York
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41 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Good Option in San Juan/Condado Area for Girls/Guys Weekends”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

This overall is a great resort centrally located in Condado. The various pool options, beach front and general good service makes it an ideal place to stay. Stayed in a one bedroom ocean facing suite. Though it was a corner room, the balcony faced the city side thiugh the bedroom window faces the ocean. That's really my only gripe that the balcony did not face the water. Was here for a guys weekend and the resort fits that type of stay. I would not recoomend this property for families as the crowd tends to be the younger/partying set. You will definately hear noise until the wee hours of the night. So if you are in PR to party the night away, La Concha is the ideal place to stay.

Room Tip: One bedroom Suite has a sofa bed in the lounge/living area
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

Communication between the hotel before arrival was terrible. As we left the airport, we went to Walmart for few things. We tried calling the hotel before we got to Walmart to ask for directions from there. The front desk had no clue so they transferred us to the concierge. We let it ring until the voicemail came on. We hung up and decided to just try afterwards. Leaving Walmart, we called again and the same thing happened. We started driving after looking at a map etc. we called again and just as we were going to get transferred, we told her what had happened the previous times so she put us on hold for a few minutes. Finally, as we were just about there, the concierge gets on the phone and tries to help. It was a challenge b/c apparently street names are not commonly known, just landmarks. We finally arrived. Check in was quick, although we thought it was odd that no one offered to carry our luggage in for us before we entered the hotel. Rom was spacious, and clean. We stayed on the 11th floor facing the bay/street. We could see the different cruise ships come in throughout our stay. Pretty quiet even though we partly faced the city. Bed/pillows were comfortable but the sheets were a little rougher than what I'm accustomed to. Nice to have a full fridge to store our food/snacks. Stove was great for reheating restaurant leftovers.
Pools were small but they were never too crowded since we weren't there during the busy season. I think it would have been different if we had brought our children and traveled during high peak. Plenty of room on the beach, although rough for swimming. Keep good eye on children. Didnt see an abundance of kids as guests and not sure if I would call it a super friendly family hotel due to the size of the pools, rough ocean and dress codes. BUT, it is a great location with a Walgreens, great ice cream places (Ben & Jerry's), cold stone, frozen yogurt, Baskin Robbins, cheaper options for food than the hotel and shopping all walking distance.
Casino is small but fun. Great games. Great tours offered through the hotel. Booked a zipline adventure and it was great. Found great restaurants and nightlife in Old San Juan. Try El Mojitos for authentic food. Cheaper than Raices and great food. Wouldn't recommend the restaurant right across the street from the hotel, think it was called El Angel. It advertised authentic Puertorican food but found better and cheaper.
Bus stop is right in front of the hotel to the right and it's easy to go to Old San Juan etc. Also try Placita Santurce on Sunday evenings. They have live bands/singers, people dancing to the music in the streets etc. Overall, great stay, nice staff for the most part (Felix is the best), great location, still contemplating bringing the 3 kids here on our next visit but will do if we don't find another hotel w/bigger pools etc.
Recommendations: higher the floor better the room, book a tour w/the concierge (found same price as online directly w/company as w/hotel), visit Castillo and fort in Old San Juan, rent bikes (some companies have age restrictions), buy some food/snacks @Walgreens to save some $$. Have fun!

Room Tip: Higher floor, get a suite, totally worth it
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

La Concha has great staff, all bilingual, very friendly and helpful. The lobby is wonderful, modern and often with live music. They have three good restaurants. The rooms are also quite modern and the ocean view is fantastic. My kids loved the WiFi.
The beach is clean a great relaxing spot, the pools are always busy and you might have a hard time finding chairs.
The concierge service was excellent.
The maid service was not ideal, they missed making up the room and cleaning two days in a row, it took several calls to have it done.
Like I said, overal a good experience.

Room Tip: Pick the Ocean Tower
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Jerusalem, Israel
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

I wish I could give them 4 or 5 stars, but I just can’t. We were overall pretty happy with our choice to stay at the resort and we would recommend it to friends.

The beach and pool are BEAUTIFUL and CLEAN and there’s excellent poolside/beach side service. The lobby is pretty. The drinks and food were delicious. There was a comfortable atmosphere for guests (all types of people stayed at the resort from families to singles, old to young, etc). The resort is within walking distance of Walgreens, shopping, spas, and several inexpensive and delicious Puerto Rican restaurants. The concierge was really helpful. We used him to make reservations on the Old San Juan/Bacardi tour. The gym has tons of machines and I ran on the treadmill overlooking the beach. The stay comes with complimentary wifi (even at the pools!) and a business center (with free printing).

It’s about a 50 minute walk ($19 and 15 min cab ride) from old San Juan. We walked it our first evening there, but my mom (and one of our cab drivers) would suggest you only walk it in daylight.

However, we did have a few bumps during our stay. We reserved a suite, but they had to give us a regular room because they didn’t have a suite available with two queen beds (and my mom and I didn’t feel like sharing a bed). We settled into our room for the first night, and at 1am, an alarm went off. Meanwhile, while walking around the room barefoot that night, we discovered that there was a major wet spot in the carpet. We thought it might go away, but it didn’t dry up by the morning and it was starting to smell bad. Eventually, we called the front desk, and they tried to “dry” the spot with a large/noisy fan. Obviously the spot didn’t dry after an hour and a half. So we called again and they offered us to switch rooms. But, they took an hour to send up our new keys (as the room smell kept getting worse and worse). The rooms are okay. They showers look a little messy (not horrible) and the sliding doors on the closet are a bit banged up (from the design of the drawers/closet). Also, we thought the reservation came with a complimentary breakfast, but it didn’t.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

Our hotel recommended this place for breakfast though the selection isn't big, the food was fresh and well prepared. We really enjoyed the casual atmosphere and the staff was very helpful and friendly.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

What can I say other than this hotel is the awesomeness of cool, from the suite, to the pool, to the beach, and the lobby nightlife. My better half and I just returned from a perfect five day trip to Puerto Rico, where we stayed at the Renaissance. Our trip was perfect from start to end, in large part due to the hotel staff and this beautiful property.

We arrived to check in to the resort on Friday afternoon where we were met by Felix the bellman. Let me say that this man makes you feel like a part of the family. He welcomed us with open arms, a friendly handshake, and let us know if we needed anything, that he would be happy to help us. Because we were early for check in (check in to the hotel isn't until 4pm, however we pre-registered, left our luggage with Felix, and had some lunch and did some walking around and window shopping until it was time to officially be allowed into our suite). Let me tell you the wait was worth it. Our suite was amazing. We stayed in room 724, had the perfect view of the beach, pool, and everything else on the beach. We had a one bedroom suite, with a dining area, living room, balcony, microwave, you name it we had it, and if we didn't, hotel staff made sure we had what we needed.

Because of our long flight from LA, we decided to rest until later in the evening when we went to the lobby bar. The hotel lobby bar is sleek, crowded, had a sexy vibe, and everyone was just drinking and having fun. If you've ever been to the Redwood Room in S.F. or the Whiskey Blue in L.A., the vibe is similar at La Concha. The bar was so great we didn't leave the lobby bar for the remainder of the evening. FYI, the appetizers were an added treat to the night of fun at the lobby bar.

On Saturday, the weather was ok but it did rain a little so it was mostly a day of hanging by the Ocean Pool. The Ocean Pool is a treat because it is a quiet oasis away from the main pools. This pool is located by the Ocean Lounge which is only for Marriott Gold and Silver members (however the Ocean Lounge is closed on weekends but the pool remains open on weekends). On Saturday evening, we enjoyed Old San Juan and all the nightlife thanks in part to the recommendations from the concierge.

Sunday through Tuesday was spent enjoying the beach and pool, as well as the local restaurants located on the strip of Ashford Avenue. I have to say our hotel stay was special and the staff at La Concha went above and beyond the call of duty to make our stay special. A few of the beach and pool attendants like Carlos and Hector, as well as a few others who's names I cannot recall made our days special.

If you are looking to visit the island, make sure you stay at La Concha. You will not regret your stay, I guarantee it!!

Safe travels,
Victor

Tips:

1) La Concha is probably the only hotel where you cannot officially check in until 4pm. So if you are traveling from the west coast to P.R., take a same day flight so that you will arrive to the hotel after 4pm.

2) The lobby has a dress code, it didn't appear to be enforced during our stay, but just to be on the safe side dress smart casual at night, or be escorted by your wife/girlfriend/significant other to avoid any possible hassle.

3) For authentic Puerto Rican food near the hotel, skip the place across the street from the hotel Café del Angel. Visit the restaurant closer to Walgreen's further down.

4) Go to Old San Juan for your nightlife needs. Start off at Sebastian Street.

Room Tip: Choose seventh floor or higher, I had room 724.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

I think this hotel is worth the money they asking! Great location right on the beach, decent size room with very comfortable king size bed (with 6 pillows!), staff is always friendly and helpful. Upon our arrival the room was not ready yet, but it was not a problem because they have kept our luggage so we can go out. Keep in mind that there is no lifeguards on duty on the beach and it is very windy there making big waves. When I was looking for this vacation I have gotten a help from Mitch @ TripGuy.com. He made sure that hotel honored all our requests about the room (high floor, ocean view...) I would definitely recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: La Concha Renaissance San Juan Resort
Address: 1077 Ashford Avenue, San Juan 00907, Puerto Rico (Formerly La Concha Resort: A Renaissance Hotel)
Location: Caribbean > Puerto Rico > San Juan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in San Juan
#2 On the Beach Hotel in San Juan
#3 Romantic Hotel in San Juan
#3 Luxury Hotel in San Juan
#6 Family Hotel in San Juan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — La Concha Renaissance San Juan Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 483
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the La Concha Resort experience, the stunning renovation of one of San Juan's most elegantly chic properties. On a sun-drenched corner of Caribbean beachfront in San Juan's most prestigious Condado district, La Concha is an icon of modernist architecture replete with spacious exhilarating decor and detail. ... more   less 
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